UN Refugee promoter says Iowa and Nebraska great for refugee resettlement

I can’t figure out exactly what the organization the United States Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees does.  I don’t think it’s a resettlement agency, maybe just a public relations firm for the UN?  I never heard of them before.  But their head honcho recently told an audience at the University of Nebraska  that Nebraska and Iowa were great for refugees because there were lots of industries there that need cheap labor (you know like meatpackers), cities are large enough for refugees to blend into,  and there is a sufficient number of non-profit groups (funded by taxpayers) that can get the refugees plugged into welfare.   Well, he didn’t exactly use those words, but this is what he said that was posted at the Omaha World Herald:

Omaha, Lincoln and Des Moines are likely to host more resettled refugees for two reasons, an expert said Tuesday in Omaha.

There are more than 40 million displaced people in the world today — more than 10 times as many as at the end of World War II, said Marc Breslaw, executive director of the United States Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

And, he said in an interview, a “critical equation” that has made Nebraska and Iowa cities havens for refugees from such places as Vietnam, Bosnia, Sudan and Myanmar will continue to make the cities attractive for refugee resettlement.

Nebraska and Iowa have industries that can employ people, Breslaw said. The cities are large enough to be accepting of foreigners. And they have a well-developed network of nongovernmental social services programs.

We have many posts about Iowa and Nebraska.  If you recall, in Nebraska we had all those problems with the Somalis in Grand Island disrupting the the town and the meatpacking plants there.  Here is just one story on that to get you started.  I betcha Mr. Breslaw never mentioned any of this to the students at the Univ. of Nebraska.

Japan remains one of the hold-outs to the one-worlder-megalomaniacs’ goals

George Soros and his one-worlders, who are busy trying to eliminate boundaries in their tyrannical drive to make us all one big happy warm and fuzzy world, have a tough nut to crack in Japan where they have been sensibly trying to hold onto their unique culture.  Japan only recently began resettling a small number of refugees and continues to get the wrath of the UN and the far left “human rights” activists aimed squarely at them as we see in this story.

From The Mainichi Daily News:

TOKYO (Kyodo) — When five ethnic Karen families arrived recently from the Mera refugee camp in northwestern Thailand, Japan became the first Asian nation to accept refugees under the third-country resettlement program promoted by the United Nations.

Yet critics remain skeptical of Tokyo, often criticized for its restrictive refugee policy, and some experts said a much more comprehensive approach is necessary to make any significant difference.

“Japan’s refugee policy lags way behind the rest of the world,” said Shogo Watanabe, a lawyer actively involved in human rights issues concerning refugees and other foreign residents in Japan. “From the very beginning when Japan ratified in 1981 the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, it has never had a consistent policy.”

Japan decided in December 2008 to accept Myanmar refugees from the Mera camp under the resettlement pilot project. The move was welcomed by U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres as a symbolic development in Japanese asylum policy and it also raised hopes of setting an example for other Asian countries to follow.

“But with a quota of 90 people over three years, compared to the tens of thousands that the United States [it is mostly the US as you will see shortly] and various European countries are taking in, what Japan is doing does not qualify as having fulfilled its responsibility,” Watanabe said.

According to the UNHCR, 24 countries* currently take part in the refugee resettlement program, which calls for third countries to accept refugees who have fled to nearby states due to conflicts in their home countries but have found it difficult to settle there or return.

Among the top three resettlement destinations, more than 62,000 refugees relocated to the United States through the UNHCR in 2009, while Australia accepted over 6,700 people and Canada took in more than 6,500.

*Most countries in the world DO NOT take refugees.  Why?  Because they are trying to hold onto their cultures too!

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Muslim ponzi scheme unraveled by FBI

This is actually an old story, but maybe there is something new on it that I’m not aware of, but just to remind readers Muslims do scam other Muslims (not just infidels) as we learned here:

A Muslim man from Chicago became a real estate investor and skimmed $44 million from other Muslims. Salman Ibrahim, 37 and two of his Muslim partners opened Sunrise Equities company and lured other Muslims to invest in a sharia compliant business. They assured to pay 15 to 30 percent profit of the investment instead of interest, which is prohibited in Islam.

The company never generated any profit but paid the existing investors from newer investors. However, they built a good reputation among the Muslim immigrants and raised over $40 million through the scheme.

Fazal Mahmood, one of the victims lost more than $200,000. He intended to use this money for his daughters’ education. He told the Associated Press, “I’m a Muslim and he’s a Muslim. I was always taught … a Muslim will never cheat another Muslim.”

Read it all.

Then, don’t forget! we have the San Diego Somali ponzi scheme of last year, here.